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So last Thursday Skycoastin Steve and I decided to make the 5.5 hour drive up to Carowinds for their opening day. It was my first visit to the park so we were going with the plan of getting as many credits as possible and brave what would surely be a long line for Intimidator later. Much to our surprise when we arrived inside the park about 1:30 the line was only 10 minutes! Overall we were able to get all the credits except for Nighthawk (which was the only ride not running all its trains), with 2 rides on Afterburn and 5 on Intimidator (including rows 1 and 15).

 

Some thoughts on the coasters:

Intimidator- Wow...this ride is just so much fun. So much floating airtime over the hills plus the crazy turnaround was really good. The only negative is the helix after the midcourse just felt like "oh we just need to fill space so here it is."

Woodstock's Express- fun little ride. We waited longer for this than any of our rides on Intimidator.

Afterburn- Seriously wicked invert. Very fun and intense.

Thunder Road- Wish they would have been racing, but overall pretty smooth ride. You get a nice whiff of fresh pine on the newly rebuilt sections.

Carolina Goldrusher- pretty bland mine train. Plus it takes way too long for the train to park itself in the station.

Carolina Cyclone- I was really surprised with this ride. It was a pretty fun Arrow looper, plus I had completely forgot there was a helix at the end.

Hurler- I liked this one better than the one KD's. Fairly smooth with a couple nice pops of airtime.

Ricochet- It's a mouse. Next.

Carolina Cobra- Granted, I never really have had a problem with Boomerangs, but I really enjoyed this. The new style restraints are nice. I hope more parks will look into these.

Vortex- other than a couple of rough bumps I though this was a nice little ride.

Flying Ace Aerial Chase- Ah...here's the rough ole' Vekoma we all know and love.

 

Overall I though Carowinds was a really neat little park. It's hard to believe it has 3 B&M's, but it does and they are some solid rides. Intimidator is a home run hit for the park, plus the crew was really pushing the crowds through. I highly recommend everyone go and check it out!

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Hello Goliath! We are not going to be riding you today, so you will be dropping in my rankings from #1 to #2.

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Bye newly painted Batman...see you soon!

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What's that on the horizon?

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Apparently something big is going on today. Who knew?

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Curvy goodness!

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I really like the new train design.

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The trims really do not change the ride.

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We're here! Now to get my pass processed...

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The site of some infamous photos

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Welcome to Carowinds

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Hello to the one coaster we did not ride

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The reason why we are here

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The only negative to the ride

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One of the very very few times all the trains were stacked.

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Carowinds two new additions for 2010.

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Scooby's Fairy themed express ride

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Good to see the former Paramount parks still have the good stuff

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Top Gun!

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Eh...it's a better name than Flight Deck.

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Weee!

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Shark train

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looooooooop

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The Jet Coaster

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Lifty goodness

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twisty!

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Immelman!

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This wound up being the only photo I took...oops.

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Through the trees!

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I would have waited for a train...but they were only running one train

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Skytower goodness

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Uh-Oh...boomerang time

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The new trains are nice

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eh...

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Is Carowinds getting their own Thomas Town too? ;)

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Looooooooop

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Track growing from the trees

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Running out of captions...

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In honor of Skycoastin Steve

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We got on with basically no wait after the ride reopened from some downtime

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THROUGH THE TREES!

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Vortex and Goldrusher

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In case you forgot where we were

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Ah...good ol' Vekoma Jr. Hang 'n' Bang

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Thanks for reading!

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